The Paul McCartney Project

The End of the End

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Memory Almost Full Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2007

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Song facts

Interview with David Khane, from Mix Online, October 1, 2007:

“End of the End”: McCartney sings about what he’d like to see one day at his funeral. He is playing the “Mrs. Mills piano,” as it is known at Abbey Road — the same one used on “Lady Madonna” 35 years earlier. “He did quite a few takes, and he was wearing headphones,” Kahne says, “when he suddenly realized, ‘Oh, wait, I don’t need to wear headphones,’ because he was singing and playing live. So he took them off, and then it had a different sort of feel to it.” The song also features a double quartet of strings.

Producer David Kahne about “The End of the End”:

On “End of the End,” Paul was singing and playing live, and he had on headphones. After a few takes, he stopped and said he didn’t need the headphones since he was just singing and playing, so he took them off and was sitting in the middle of the room at Abbey Road 2 playing and singing his song, as bare and purely musical as could be. About three takes later, he did the take you hear on the album.
The high part at the end was so pure, like a blimp hanging in the air indefinitely. I was holding my breath as he finished, wondering if it was all going to fall apart because it was so delicate, but it stood up like iron. He came upstairs and we listened, and it was done. Boom, just like that. A lifetime in a moment.

Last updated on April 30, 2018

Lyrics

At the end of the end
It's the start of a journey
To a much better place
And this wasn't bad
So a much better place
Would have to be special
No need to be sad

On the day that I die
I'd like jokes to be told
And stories of old
To be rolled out like carpets
That children have played on
And laid on while listening
To stories of old

At the end of the end
It's the start of a journey
To a much better place
And a much better place
Would have to be special
No reason to cry

On the day that I die
I'd like bells to be rung
And songs that were sung
To be hung out like blankets
That lovers have played on
And laid on while listening
To songs that were sung

At the end of the end
It's the start of a journey
To a much better place
And a much better place
Would have to be special
No reason to cry
No need to be sad

At the end of the end

Officially appears on


Memory Almost Full

Official album • Released in 2007

2:57 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Piano, Synthesizer, Vocals

Memory Almost Full - 2CD limited edition bonus disc

Official album • Released in 2007

2:57 • Studio versionA

Bootlegs


Memory Almost Full - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

2:55 • Studio version

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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